Station gets a clean-up

2019-04-04 11:16
More than 120 bags were collected during the clean-up by Asez last week.

More than 120 bags were collected during the clean-up by Asez last week.

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Lansdowne Train Station received a small but necessary makeover recently.

The condition of the area in and around Lansdowne station has been an eyesore and the source of irritation for commuters and residents.

A group of student volunteers answered the call of ward 60 councillor Mark Kleinschmidt after he requested assistance.

The volunteers, from World Mission Society Church of God (Asez), are university students.

The team had previously assisted Kleinschmidt with the clean-up and repainting of Garlandale Park equipment.

“The City had already signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to provide support to Asez campaigns,” says Kleinschmidt.

Added to this, Kleinschmidt, together with the City’s solid waste department, donated supplies to help with the cleaning. 

“Over the past few months, the station has become a dumping site for rubbish and was in desperate need of a clean-up. Metrorail does not have the resources to keep railway stations clean and they are often left with a large amount of waste that has been undisposed of and accumulates in the area.”

As a result, Asez volunteers wanted to make the area more pleasant for commuters who use the station on a daily basis. 

Lesley Ann Damons, Asez spokesperson feels the initiative is the start of better things to come.

“We heard that the place that we cleaned had not been cleaned in many years and illegal dumping has continuously taken place there. Even though our event was cut short, we managed to collect 100 bags. 

Metrorail has also been moved to have their own clean-up of that specific area,” she says.

The station clean-up is just one of the many activities the group have undertaken as part of their Save movement, which focuses on raising awareness, social services, victim relief and environmental protection.

Kleinschmidt appreciated the sterling efforts from Asez and stated that the combatting of grime would ultimately increase peoples’ dignity to reduce crime. The two worked hand in hand.

“The City of Cape Town recognises the Asez team’s effort to bring about change in their communities and will continue to support the group with their movement,” says Kleinschmidt.

Altogether 126 garbage bags were filled after two hours of cleaning, and Metrorail continued with efforts on Wednesday 27 March.

However, while the clean-up was largely successful, Damons says there are a few minor challenges being faced and hope the community will assist continued efforts to keep the area clean in the future.

“The only help that we need is to be able to easily access cleaning equipment so that our operation can run smoothly for us to do as much as we can,” she says.

Meanwhile, Kleinschmidt says he is “extremely grateful to Asez” for their efforts and encourages residents to assist in keeping the City clean. 

“It’s a request from both mayor Dan Plato and President Cyril Ramaphosa,” remarked Kleinschmidt.

Damons says Asez hopes to continue to inspire residents, while becoming active in the other campaigns aimed at improving their area.

“We hope that we continue to inspire people in various communities to keep their areas clean. Our clean-up was also part of our reduce crime campaign,” she says.


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